orphrey

[ awr-free ]
/ ˈɔr fri /

noun, plural or·phreys.

an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
gold embroidery.
rich embroidery of any sort.
a piece of richly embroidered material.
Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/.

Origin of orphrey

1300–50; Middle English orfreis (later construed as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold

OTHER WORDS FROM orphrey

or·phreyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orfray (1 of 2)

orfray
/ (ˈɔːfrɪ) /

noun

a less common spelling of orphrey

British Dictionary definitions for orfray (2 of 2)

orphrey

less commonly orfray

/ (ˈɔːfrɪ) /

noun

a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment

Word Origin for orphrey

C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian
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